The large apartment blocks can have 20-30- -50 stories for residents, and still the same footprint. This is often made worse by shops and business on the first floor and needing service access so the room is very limited.djos wrote: ↑Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:02 pmFor those in apartments, the building owner could easily add electric chargers to the parking spots and link the metering to each apartment.Big Tea wrote: ↑Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:33 pmBut what % of owners would have charging capability at home? Especially in cities where there are many families per building and limited frontage/parking yard. Even with a drive, if a family has more than one car there is the 'problem'
of trailing leads, which do not mix with children and dogs.
We have just the one car now, but I an still unable to get within 20 feet of the house, so I either have to get a charge point put in the drive or trail the wire. (it is not practical to bring the drive closer)
If the option is there to charge at work, that helps, but a high %of people will have neither choice, so unless charge times drop to less than 10 min, it is not 'convenient enough' to change.
Lots of outlets in public parking would fix the problem, but that would depend on committees believing they will get their money back after installation, maintenance and the cost of power. I am doubtful many will make that jump for some time.
For folk like yourself the council's would install road side chargers and use them as an additional revenue source.
Then there's Australia and America, most of us living in the suburbs have car garages so that's easy.
Council would not provide a charger in my property, in fact I would not be surprised if I needed planning permission of some sort to be allowed to do it as it would no doubt put more load on the whole street if many people did it and supplied it of the domestic wiring.
A garage or even a purposes built off road bay would be ideal, but again (in UK at least) there is just not enough 'road side'
This is why I prefer hybrid to plug in, even if they develop a small capacity engine that only charges the battery. Then again, they will not want the engine running when the car is parked.
There could be some sort of 'delivery service' where a vehicle with a large charger comes along at nigh and charges my car and some of my neighbors then moves along to the next street. Beam charging from space? We can laugh now, but I would not bet too much against something futuristic just cropping up out of nowhere. 100 years ago who would have thought we would all have phones cameras and computers in our pocket, let alone all in the same box in our pocket